I'm a big reader of espionage novels set throughout the 20th Century. Some of these novels are set in Istanbul, for centuries the crossroads of cultural, political and interpersonal tensions writ large and small.

There's a story here. Click through in the order that the photos are presented and check out the captions. Cue the movie music. This is Istanbul. There must be intrigue. There must be a puppet master (at least in my fervid imagination).

No photo-editing tricks were used. My apologies to everyone I captured. I was reading two books of this genre (by Furst and Kanon) and working to capture a darker noir mood in some of my street photography.

The unwitting hero ...

The unwitting hero ...

Same place, moments later, the assassin, on the heels of the apprehensive American blonde ...

Same place, moments later, the assassin, on the heels of the apprehensive American blonde ...

The puppet master. Nothing, nothing, and no one is beyond her reach ...

The puppet master. Nothing, nothing, and no one is beyond her reach ...

Walking into a trap ...

Walking into a trap ...

The one who watches ...

The one who watches ...

Gunshots will ring out as the tram arrives ...

Gunshots will ring out as the tram arrives ...

The tourists, frightened ...

The tourists, frightened ...

The lovers, framed for the murder, flee ...

The lovers, framed for the murder, flee ...

Running through the passageway to ...

Running through the passageway to ...

The stairway to ...

The stairway to ...

Is this the safe house ...

Is this the safe house ...

Waiting in the shadows for the messenger ...

Waiting in the shadows for the messenger ...

Is she the messenger ...

Is she the messenger ...

The key to open the codex, he has it, follow him ...

The key to open the codex, he has it, follow him ...

Moving "the package" in plain sight ...

Moving "the package" in plain sight ...

Barely escaping the runaway tram ...

Barely escaping the runaway tram ...

Everyone is suspect ...

Everyone is suspect ...

Poisoned dart = hallucinations ...

Poisoned dart = hallucinations ...

More hallucinations ... flashbacks from that fiasco, days ago in Athens, those women who had the last laugh at your expense ...

More hallucinations ... flashbacks from that fiasco, days ago in Athens, those women who had the last laugh at your expense ...

Recovering, in the safe house ...

Recovering, in the safe house ...